Hunting in Kaitoke
Hunters are welcome in much of Kaitoke Regional Park to help control deer, goats and pigs which harm native plants and wildlife. A hunting permit is required.
Located in the southern foothills of the Tararua Ranges, Kaitoke Regional Park covers approximately 2,860 hectares and contains nearly 2,500 hectares of mature native forest.
The park is comprised of steep, bush-clad hills, the Hutt River gorge and centuries-old rata, rimu and beech forest. Back-country camping is permitted within the designated hunting area.
A permit is needed to hunt in Kaitoke Regional Park’s designated hunting area. You must show this permit if asked by a Greater Wellington Regional Council authorised officer.
Apply online to get a hunting permit for Kaitoke/Pakuratahi Forest and Akatarawa. A separate permit is required to hunt in the Hutt Water Collection Area:
Hunting dogs must be registered and the details lodged with the Greater Wellington Regional Council when applying for your permit. You may take up to three dogs per permit holder into the park. Please report any lost hunting dogs to the Regional Council’s Upper Hutt office as soon as possible.
Parts of this area will have regular biodiversity monitoring and pest plant/animal control operations taking place. Please do not interfere with any markers, plot pegs, monitoring devices, traps or bait stations. Adhere to any warning signs posted.
Please keep in mind that a lot of people use our regional parks: